May 24th, 2017

Danielle Bean Talks About Catholic Media

It was so fun to visit with the wonderful people at CatholicTV yesterday and to be a guest on their live morning show, This Is the Day. You can watch my interview right here!

May 23rd, 2017

[podcast] How to Handle Criticism #072

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This week, we are talking about ways to handle criticism, which is a tough topic because nobody likes to be criticized. When we receive negative feedback, our immediate reaction is often to reject the criticism or brood over it and get angry. These are not helpful responses, so I am suggesting some tips for how to handle criticism in a productive way:

1) Consider the source.
Is this someone whose opinion is important to you? Do you share values with them? Do you value their input? If not, then forget it, but if so, this is an invitation to deeper reflection.

2) Put it in perspective.
Is this one person’s negative opinion while 99 others have a positive opinion? Well then, it may not mean you need to be doing anything differently. There is always going to be someone who doesn’t like what we say or do, but that does not necessarily mean we need to change.

3) Make it an opportunity to learn and grow.
If you determine that the criticism you received is valid and important to consider, then you have a task before you to do just that. Take steps to change or amend your words and actions in accordance with the feedback you have received. Even if you determine that the criticism is not valid or valuable or relevant for you to take action on, you can still take the opportunity to learn to be open to others’ perspectives that are different from yours. You can grow in humility by not defending yourself or feeling like you have to explain everything until everybody loves you and accepts you. There is grace in accepting that not everyone will agree with you all the time.

4) MOVE THE HECK ON.
Once you have dealt with the criticism and responded to it appropriately, do not brood over it or ruminate over your hurt feelings and insecurity. life is too short for that! Learn what you can, grow in whatever you can, and then move the heck on!

We also share an email from listener “Marcy” who asks for advice on feeling “touched out” as a new mom, and listener Amy who was recently inspired to have a “late” Easter egg hunt with her kids to celebrate all 50 days of Easter. 🙂

SUPPORT
Girlfriends is on Patreon! Thank you to our newest supporters, Lynn Marie, Maggie, and Jennifer! Find out how you can pledge your support for Girlfriends and get an invite to our Girlfriends LIVE session each month!

SOME PLACES I WILL BE:

Boston, MA
I will be live on CatholicTV on Tuesday, May 23 at 10:30 am ET. You can watch live or any time on demand at: This Is The Day on CatholicTV

Laconia, NH
I am thrilled to be offering the You’re Worth It! retreat for women at my own home parish, St. Andre Bessette Parish in Laconia, NH, on Saturday, June 10, 2017. Get all the information and registration forms here.

Troy, VT
I will be in Troy, VT for the 3rd annual Family Day Retreat on Saturday, June 24, 2017. There are talks and music, Eucharistic adoration and procession, and food and fun for people of all ages and all kinds of families. Check out all the details and register here!

RETREAT
The You’re Worth It! Retreat for Women
Find out more about bringing his unique event for women to your parish, group, or community. Read more and request more information here.

My newest book is available!
You’re Worth It! Change How You Feel About Yourself By Discovering How Jesus Feels About You

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May 16th, 2017

[podcast] Big Life Changes With Haley Stewart #071

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This week, we have a special guest Haley Stewart joining us for an inspiring conversation about big life changes — from Protestantism to Catholicism, from single life to married life, from married life to parenting, and from working mom to at-home mom. Haley shares so beautifully about her own struggles and lessons she has learned along the way. I just know you are going to love this conversation!

Haley’s website
Haley on Facebook
Haley on Twitter
Haley on Instagram

Haley’s podcasts, Fountains of Carrots and The Simple Show

We also share some excellent feedback from Mary Alice on cry room politics, Erica on meddling mother-in-laws, Lynn on encouragement for the podcast, and David about learning to love yourself.

SUPPORT
Girlfriends is on Patreon! Thank you to our newest supporter, Jennifer! Find out how you can pledge your support for Girlfriends and get an invite to our Girlfriends LIVE session each month!

RETREAT
The You’re Worth It! Retreat for Women
Find out more about bringing his unique event for women to your parish, group, or community. Read more and request more information here.

My newest book is available!
You’re Worth It! Change How You Feel About Yourself By Discovering How Jesus Feels About You

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May 8th, 2017

[podcast] Change Just One Habit #070

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NOTES

This week, we are talking about the power of habits. I am inspired by a recent book I am listening to, The Power of Habit: Why we Do What We Do in Life and Business. I want to encourage you to change one negative habit into a positive one in your life. We discuss some ideas for ways to challenge ourselves to do better in one these categories:

1) Health and Wellness
2) Relationships
3) Work
4) Spiritual Life

And then we discuss some ways to increase our chances of succeeding in changing our habits. These include:

1) Hold ourselves accountable.
Find a way to include others in your new habit so you will feel pressure to continue.

2) Set a time limit on your personal challenge.
Especially when we feel it is hard and overwhelming, setting a time limit on the challenge can encourage us to keep it up until it gets just a little bit easier.

3) Use the word “BUT” to control negative thoughts.
Allow yourself to be negative if you must, but don’t stay there. Add the word BUT to the end of your negative thought and turn it into a focus on the positive.

4) Get rid of temptations and distractions.
Make your new habit, by default, the “easiest” thing to do. Make breaking your new habit very inconvenient.

5) Track your progress.
Whether it’s keeping a journal or crossing days off the calendar, having a tangible way to see your progress will encourage you to continue.

SUPPORT
Girlfriends is on Patreon! Thank you to our newest supporter, Kristin! Find out how you can pledge your support for Girlfriends and get an invite to our Girlfriends LIVE session each month!

RETREAT
The You’re Worth It! Retreat for Women
Find out more about bringing his unique event for women to your parish, group, or community. Read more and request more information here.

SPEAKING
I will be speaking at the Together in Holiness conference in Houston TX on Saturday May 6. I hope to meet you there! Find out more about having me come speak to your parish, conference, or group.

My newest book is available!
You’re Worth It! Change How You Feel About Yourself By Discovering How Jesus Feels About You

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May 1st, 2017

[podcast] Do You Love Yourself? #069

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NOTES

This week we are taking on a topic near and dear to my heart. Do you love yourself? In my work and ministry, I am all about teaching women to know their worth so they can find their joy, but how exactly do we do that?

Our secular culture tells us to find our worth in our physical selves, in our beauty, our accomplishments, and our possessions. But all of these things leave us empty and disillusioned. we are built for a relationship with God, and only in the context of that relationship will be find peace and lasting joy.

We also talk about what true humility is and how what kinds of things can become distractions from the kind of “holiness” and “personal achievement” God calls us to.

Finally, I take a reader question about “cry room wars” at Mass and discuss ways in which I find Colleen Duggan’s recent post helpful. Also helpful was a reminder I heard from a Benedictine monk in a recent homily about Chapter 72 of the Rule of St. Benedict. How much happier and holier would we all be of we approached others in love and with mercy! Let me know your thoughts on these topics. I love hearing from you!

SUPPORT
Girlfriends is on Patreon! Thank you to our newest supporter, Dan! Find out how you can pledge your support for Girlfriends and get an invite to our Girlfriends LIVE session each month!

RETREAT
The You’re Worth It! Retreat for Women
Find out more about bringing his unique event for women to your parish, group, or community. Read more and request more information here.

SPEAKING
I will be speaking at the Together in Holiness conference in Houston TX on Saturday May 6. I hope to meet you there! Find out more about having me come speak to your parish, conference, or group.

My newest book is available!
You’re Worth It! Change How You Feel About Yourself By Discovering How Jesus Feels About You

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April 24th, 2017

[podcast] When You’re Just Too Tired #068

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NOTES

Speaking of tired, I recorded this podcast from two different airports with a pretty terrible microphone. It was the only way I was going to get the podcast done this week, but I apologize for the audio quality. Or lack thereof. 😉

In this week’s show, we are sharing ideas for ways to cope with life when you are JUST TOO TIRED to cope. We all have days when we are extra busy, stressed, sleep-deprived, etc. and we need some basic ways to get through them with grace. Some of the ideas I share:

1) Cross some things off your list.
It might be chores, household upkeep, carpool, errands, complicated dinner menus … whatever it is, make your life easier by taking some obligations off your plate. Everyone will survive. I promise.

2) Ask for help.
We don’t like to ask for help. Our pride gets in the way. But sometimes, to get through an especially tiring time, we need to ask others to pitch in. Give them the grace of the opportunity to be generous with you!

3) Make sleep a priority.
This sounds like a no-brainer, but how often do we resist or avoid rest, even when we are very tired? No Netflix, no Facebook. Get yourself to bed early tonight!

4) Watch your diet.
Sugar and caffeine are texting when you are sleepy, but they will sabotage your sleep at night, making you’re recovery take much longer. Preserve your sleep by avoiding “easy drugs” to wake yourself up. Your body will thank you and recover more quickly from the Crazy Tired.

We also share some feedback from David N. in response to Andrea’s difficulties wth her mother-in-law we shared on the show last week. Calling on all men to admit you are listening to Girlfriends! Thank you, David!

SUPPORT
Girlfriends is on Patreon! Thank you to our newest supporter, Kristin! Find out how you can pledge your support for Girlfriends and get an invite to our Girlfriends LIVE session each month!

RETREAT
The You’re Worth It! Retreat for Women
Find out more about bringing his unique event for women to your parish, group, or community. Read more and request more information here.

SPEAKING
I will be speaking at the Together in Holiness conference in Houston TX on Saturday May 6. I hope to meet you there! Find out more about having me come speak to your parish, conference, or group.

My newest book is available!
You’re Worth It! Change How You Feel About Yourself By Discovering How Jesus Feels About You

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April 17th, 2017

[podcast] Celebrate 50 Days of Easter #067

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NOTES

In this week’s show, we are sharing ideas for ways to celebrate all 50 days of Easter this year. Some of the ideas I discuss are:

1) Take some Lenten practice into Easter.
2) Set a 50 day goal.
3) Set a new tradition for Sundays.
4) Spread out the “Easter fun” in forms of crafts, recipes, and activities.

I also share feedback on NFP from Kristin and listener Andrea asks a question about dealing with an unsupportive mother-in-law. Share your feedback, questions, and ideas with me via email or voicemail.

SUPPORT
Girlfriends is on Patreon! Thank you to those of you who support the Girlfriends podcast through pattern pledges. Find out how you can pledge your support for Girlfriends and get an invite to our Girlfriends LIVE session each month!

RETREAT
The You’re Worth It! Retreat for Women
Find out more about bringing his unique event for women to your parish, group, or community. Read more and request more information here.

SPEAKING
I will be speaking at the Together in Holiness conference in Houston TX on Saturday May 6. I hope to meet you there! Find out more about having me come speak to your parish, conference, or group.

My newest book is available!
You’re Worth It! Change How You Feel About Yourself By Discovering How Jesus Feels About You

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April 10th, 2017

[podcast] Real Life Tips From a Work-at-Home-Mom

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NOTES

This week, I am sharing some of the ideas that make my life easier and more enjoyable as a work-at-home mom. These are not truly “productivity” tips, as I am not expert in those things, but they are some things that help me to be more efficient and happy throughout my days. Here is the list we discuss:

1) Use your email as a to-do-list.
2) Get a “walking desk” to keep you moving even when you’re busy at work.
3) Use wireless earbuds or a head set for phone calls.
4) Set up some built-in rewards for yourself as you accomplish tasks throughout your day.
5) Work out in the morning if you possibly can.
6) Vary your jobs between work tasks/home tasks, physical tasks/mental tasks as you go.
7) Use even small pockets of tie in creative, productive ways..

I also share feedback on marriage advice from Vanessa and answer a reader question about how to get kids to have at Mass.

SUPPORT
Girlfriends is on Patreon! Thank you to this week’s new Patreon supporter, Colleen. Find out how you can pledge your support for Girlfriends and get an invite to our Girlfriends LIVE session each month!

Our next session is Monday, April 10 at 8:00 PM ET. See you there!

The You’re Worth It! Retreat for Women
Find out more about bringing his unique event for women to your parish, group, or community. Read more and request more information here.

My newest book is available!
You’re Worth It! Change How You Feel About Yourself By Discovering How Jesus Feels About You

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